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McAllister scandal brings up memories of Vitter

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The outcries from Louisiana Republican leaders calling for Rep. Vance McAllister to resign after he was caught on video kissing a married woman stand in sharp contrast to the muted GOP response seven years ago during Sen. David Vitter's prostitution scandal.

Some say the response represents a Republican double-standard. It's also likely rooted in part in McAllister's outsider status within the Louisiana GOP establishment.

State party chairman Roger Villere and Gov. Bobby Jindal have called on McAllister to resign. Villere won't explain why he feels differently about McAllister's sex scandal than Vitter's, and Jindal won't answer questions about whether Vitter should have resigned.

The renewed attention comes at an especially bad time for Vitter, who has launched a campaign for governor and had hoped to leave his own scandal behind.

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